Pictured: vegetables growing in the Massaro Garden to be shared with employees and the community.
With one of the worst winter seasons in recent history now clearly behind us, most people will now turn their attention to the outdoors and spring.
The options for enjoying the outdoors again are endless. For some it means cutting grass and getting their lawns shaped up, for others it is getting their landscaping in order with flowers, shrubs and mulch. However, there is another option that is coming back in a big way that you may want to consider. That option is vegetable gardening.
With the economy still trying to rebound, money harder to come by, and resources becoming more and more limited, much of the population has literally gone back to its roots, no pun intended, planting vegetable gardens that supply nutritious and bountiful produce to supplement their household’s food supplies. Size is not critical and can vary from a few plants to large plots depending on available area, but for many it provides a feeling of accomplishment and self-sufficiency, as well as delicious produce for the family’s table. For others it is a way to tie into the sustainability movement currently underway by recycling grass clippings, leaves, and food waste into valuable compost that is used to feed their gardens with natural nutrients.
If you have been looking for a way to spend more time outside, stretch your budget, get some exercise, and help the planet, gardening may just be your answer. Start small with a few plants or seeds of varieties you like and watch the growth process take place. There are many online resources to learn more about planting, maintaining, and harvesting your own vegetable garden, like this guide from fruits & veggies-more matters. The benefits are many, not the least of which are the home grown results of your efforts.
Article by George Knoll, Senior Estimator